What To Know Before Going Backpacking For The First Time
Backpacking is one of the most thrilling and challenging activities that can bring you a lot of benefits for your health as well as essential skills you would need in your daily life. If you go backpacking into the woods, it would be a lot of fun to spend the day and night in the nature and discover the new things on the way.
In case you are going for a backpacking trip for the first time, it is very important that you know and prepare a lot so that your trip will go smoothly and you would be able to get the most out of your backpacking trip.
Here are some of the most important things that you need to know before your first backpacking trip:
Know About The Weather
Before you start packing or planning anything, the first thing that you need to do is going to some websites which publish the daily weather forecast for the area that you are going to go backpack
in. when you go there, you need to check the weather forecast for the days that you intend to go backpacking in.
Knowing what the weather will be like will help you to decide whether you should go on backpacking and what you should pack for these days. If it is going to rain, you should bring rain coat, if it is cold, you should dress more and in case the weather is going to be hot and humid, you should carry on a lot of water with you.
Also check if the weather if safe for your backpacking trip. This is your first time going, that is the reason why you need to put safety above any other aspect.
Know About The Condition Of The Trail
In addition to checking the weather, before any trip to the new land, you also need to check the condition of the trail that you are going backpacking there.
You can go searching on the Internet to look for various pictures of the other backpackers who have been going through the same path. You need to check what type of the landscape the trail is in order to pick up your best and most suitable backpacking boots.
Check for the safety cautions and the activities of wild animals including bears and snakes in your destination as well.
Know How To Use The First Aid Kit
It is crucial that you pack a box of first aid kit in your backpack. There are a lot of things that might happen, especially when you go backpacking in a dangerous surface and you have no experience going backpacking before.
Therefore, you need to make sure you know how to treat a cut or what to do when your ankle is sprained. Being able to use your first aid kit will help you to quickly recover from the incidents and would be able to continue your journey. It also helps to prevent further damage to your health.
You can watch how to use the first aid kit through various clips and demonstration on YouTube. You can also take part in professional and official fit aid kit classes where you can learn about how to use the kit safely. These classes also present to you the certificate about using first aid kit at the end of the course.
Know How To Purify Water
Drinking water frequently and keeping yourself hydrated is very important for your backpacking trip. Having enough water will help you maintain your health at the best condition and prevent mental breakdown. However, for a long backpacking trip
, you would never be able to bring enough water from home and need to take water from the natural sources.
These natural sources might contain toxins and pollutants which might affect your health significantly. That is the reason why you should bring some kinds of water purifiers with you so you can have drinkable water anytime you want.
There are 2 types of water purifiers including pump and ultraviolet purifier. The former is lighter and more compact while the latter would be more effective in term of killing bacteria in the water.
Know How To Set Up A Tent/ Hammock
When you have to spend a night out, you can help the options of sleeping inside a tent or a hammock
. Whichever option you choose, make sure you know how to set it up before you start going backpacking so you don’t have to see yourself struggle in the middle of nowhere setting up a tent so sleep in.
So right after you bring home a new tent or hammock, the first thing that you need to do is reading the manual books and the instructions carefully to know how to assemble your tent
Make sure you practice assembling and disassembling a few times so you have no difficulty in using your tent.
In case you are new and inexperienced in backpacking, it is also a safer choice to purchase a tent which is easy to set up and does not have much many options.
There are also a lot of things that you need to know before you start going backpacking. These things include reading maps and compass, building a fire, packing up lightly and knowing what to do when you encounter wild animals. It is also very important that you learn how to respect the natural habitat, leaving no trace behind and only taking pictures.
You should go with some people who have experience in going backpacking before as they will have you handle difficult situations better. They can also help you to learn all of these things I mention above much more quickly and easily now you can have example to follow.
Here are some of the things that you should know in advance if you want to go backpacking smoothly and enjoyably. These things are not so hard to do or take a lot of time but if you are able to do so, you would be able to achieve a lot out of your journey and make the most of it.
I hope that you would be able to finish your first backpacking trip with delightful and enjoyable moments and so will have many good times in the future.